Emerging Scholars Colloquium 2018

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, in conjunction with the Decorative Arts Trust, is pleased to offer our second annual Colloquium for students and young professionals in the decorative arts field. Join us for a morning speaker series on new research by young scholars! This event is sponsored in part by the Wunsch Americana Foundation and is a benefit for the Decorative Arts Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program. Sunday, January 21, 2018 9 AM – 12 PM at the George F. Baker Houses 69 East 93rd Street, New York City EMERGING SCHOLARS COLLOQUIUM 2018 SCHEDULE 8:30am   Registration and Coffee 9:00am   Opening remarks, Margize …more

Annual Report

Dear Friends, Donors and Preservationists, We are pleased to share with you our Annual Report 2016! This report – featuring Roper House (on the cover), located in Charleston, SC – highlights Classical American Homes Preservation Trust’s nascent beginnings. Richard H. Jenrette, Founder and Chairman of CAHPT, writes about his “first real estate acquisition in 1968” and the “beginning of a nearly 50-year personal hobby in historic preservation.” An overview of all six of our houses, including a description of our programs and audience members, is provided by Margize Howell and Peter Kenny, Co-Presidents. Sign up on our website to receive our mailing or …more

Spring/Summer Newsletter

Click on the image of the Summer / Spring 2017 Newsletter (at right) to read the latest issue.   In this issue: Read about the history of music at our houses, in “Tradition of Music Continues at Classical American Homes Preservation Trust” and listen to a sample of period harp music, similar to what Mrs. Donaldson might have played at Edgewater. Catch up on the latest news regarding the Conservation of Capitals at Millford, including detailed images of the disassembly of the capital and the discoveries during the process. An update from Ayr Mount and what’s new on the trails! …more

Emerging Scholars

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, in conjunction with the Decorative Arts Trust, was pleased to offer an inaugural Colloquium for students and young professionals in the decorative arts field. On Sunday, January 22, 2017, speakers gave short lectures describing an exciting range of new discoveries. This event was sponsored in part by the Wunsch Americana Foundation and is a benefit for the Decorative Arts Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program. Presentations included lectures by: Daniel Ackermann, Department of Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on “Conformable to that of the waters: Cultural Confluence in the Decorative Arts of Early Kentucky”. Emelie Gevalt, Winterthur …more

Spring Patrons Party 2017

Save the date! Margize Howell and Peter Kenny cordially invite you to join us for cocktails at The George F. Baker House in New York City. Thursday, May 18th, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at 67 East 93rd Street, between Park and Madison Avenues. We regret to inform you that Dick Jenrette will not be able to attend this event.  We recognize that a reunion or visit with Dick is a particular motivation for many of our Patrons Party guests, and wanted to let you know in advance.  While Dick’s presence can certainly not be matched, we do still plan on a very …more

Americana Week 2017

Classical American Homes was pleased to welcome friends visiting for the Winter Antiques Show at the George F. Baker house on Tuesday, January 17.   This annual gathering is hosted along with Colonial Williamsburg, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Winterthur, and we were pleased to see so many friendly faces join us this year!  Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the private residence of Richard H. Jenrette, which he graciously opened for the evening. [continued from the Winter/Spring Newsletter] Margize Howell and Peter Kenny, along with Bill Reiss of Colonial Williamsburg, Frank Vagnone of Old Salem/MESDA, and Dave …more

2016 in Review

This past year has been a celebratory one! With Classical American Homes and our respective Co-Presidents being the recipients of awards in the field, new programs such as the Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions workshop offered, the unveiling of a bridge at Ayr Mount, and the 175th Anniversary of Millford, and more! Read on. Wunsch Award – Peter Kenny and Morrison Heckscher Classical American Homes’ own Peter Kenny, Co-President, and Morrie Heckscher, Emeritus Chairman of the American Wing, were the honorees of the 2016 Wunsch Award. Christie’s hosted the fourth annual Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts on January 20th, …more

Tours – Autumn 2016

Friends and Visitors Tours at our houses in New York to South Carolina As we transition into the last quarter of our 2016 tour season, each of the houses remaining very busy with tours and special events. Since Labor Day, the following groups have visited Edgewater: The Clark Art Institute, the Rockford Art Museum, Highlands- Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Historic New England, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Collectors from Laguna Beach, California. At the Baker House, there was also a presentation and cocktail reception for the Friends of Boscobel House and Gardens, a …more

Annual Appeal

This coming year will mark the 60th year since I first set foot on Wall Street, a place that today, more than ever, seems enamored with the search for “disruptive” new technologies. In our day, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a firm I founded with two Harvard Business School classmates that went on to become the first publicly-owned New York Stock Exchange member firm, was certainly disruptive. But I never really liked the word disruptive. What has all this got to do with historic preservation and Classical American Homes? Some things need to be disrupted and changed, but equal zeal is often required …more